The United States warned on Saturday that it would not allow Iran to “walk slowly” in international negotiations on its nuclear program while accelerating its nuclear activities — but it did not close the door to negotiations.
The warning was issued the day after Washington criticized Iran, stating that negotiations with world powers had stalled because Tehran “seems not to be serious.”
A senior U.S. government official said after returning from the Austrian capital where negotiations last resumed, “Iran has not shown a gesture of serious consideration for a rapid return” to the 2015 agreement aimed at curbing its nuclear program. Week.
The official said: “We cannot accept Iran’s acceleration of its nuclear program and slowing down of its nuclear diplomacy,” which echoes Secretary of State Anthony Brinken’s recent warnings and reflects the concerns expressed by some Europeans to participate in the talks.
The seventh round of nuclear negotiations ended on Friday after five days in Vienna. The delegations will return to their capitals and are expected to return to Austria next week.
Iran suspended negotiations after the election of Ebram Resi in June.
The official argued that the United States has shown patience to allow the process to be interrupted for five months, but in the meantime, the Iranians “continue to accelerate their nuclear program in a particularly provocative manner”.
He said that when Tehran finally returned to the negotiating table on Monday, he said, “The proposed proposal sets back any compromises Iran made during the six rounds of talks.”
He accused Iran of trying to “capture all compromises made by other countries, especially the United States, and demand more.”
– ‘Other tools’ –
The official said that Washington has not decided to stop the indirect talks with Tehran, but hopes that when the EU coordinator reconvenes the parties, Iran will “return with a serious attitude,” possibly sometime next week.
At this stage, he stated that the United States will continue its diplomatic efforts-but reiterated that if negotiations fail, it can use “other tools.”
The sharp tone seems to make the United States almost abandon negotiations and turn to those “other tools”-it is understood that it may include military power, and this prospect will bring new turmoil to the Middle East.
The landmark 2015 nuclear agreement — initially reached by the United Kingdom, China, France, Germany, Iran, Russia, and the United States — began to disintegrate in 2018 when President Donald Trump withdrew and re-imposed sanctions, prompting Iran to start exceeding Its nuclear limitation. Plans for the following year.
President Joe Biden has stated that he hopes to re-sign the agreement, and the United States has been indirectly participating in this week’s negotiations for this.
But the initial optimism expressed by the Biden administration gradually gave way to deepening pessimism.
The American official emphasized that the United States is certainly “preparing for a world where there is no chance to reach a nuclear agreement.”
Nevertheless, he added that if the Iranian side really returns to the negotiating table to prepare for a deal, “they will find a very serious partner on the other side, and that is the United States.”
Iran has always insisted that its nuclear program is peaceful.